Clip-on lenses for superior iPhone photos

This Olloclip set includes a fisheye, super-wide and 15x macro optic

Olloclip Core Lens Set for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, £100
Olloclip Core Lens Set for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, £100 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

I do feel I’m on a bit of a mission to get people taking better photos on their travels, and would love to get you all buying expensive cameras to do that. But the reality is phone cameras are getting so good that unless you are a serious snapper, there is really no need for better equipment. Far better to fully explore the potential of phone cameras, then move on to more sophisticated machines to satisfy your growing ambition.

I have written that the iPhone 7 Plus is the best mobile ever made, and even Google’s superb Pixel phone hasn’t changed that, because iOS is just so superior to Android – and this is why accessory lens maker supreme Olloclip always concentrates its firepower on the Cupertino behemoth’s latest.


Producing clip-on lenses for a curvy phone that comes in two sizes (with protruding housings and a double lens on one model) is clearly something that keeps Olloclip’s product designers up at night. So well done them for not only staying with the programme, but also somehow squeezing notably better optical performance from their lenses with each iteration. The new Core Lens Set includes a fisheye, a super-wide and a 15x macro optic, and all work on both front and rear cameras. A telephoto lens is available separately.

The new Olloclip’s fit takes some getting used to; it seems fiddly for a while. But once you become deft with it, you’ll have the ability to take genuinely superior photos with barely any extra equipment to carry.


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